Several prominent area business organizations have joined forces to create a new alliance, the Business Alliance for a Clean Lake (BACL), first announced in January 2010. The BACL will bring their member organizations to the Statehouse on Friday, February 19th, to meet with legislators and introduce them to the issues the BACL supports. They will be in the Statehouse cafeteria from 7:45 to 9:30. A brochure describing their program will be available.Founding members of the BACL are: Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce Friends of Northern Lake Champlain Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceParticipating organizations:- Addison County Chamber of Commerce- Burlington International Airport- Burlington Business Association- Church Street Marketplace Commission- Farmers’ Watershed Alliance- Franklin County Board of Realtors- Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation- St. Albans Area Watershed Association- Vermont Convention BureauMission Statement of Business Alliance for a Clean Lake: Lake Champlain is an incomparable natural, social and economic resource. The Mission of BACL is to support efforts to clean the lake, to prevent further man-made impacts that would reduce its safe and enjoyable use, and to protect the Lake for the future of our economy and for future generations.
“If demands can always be met, it will improve the social and economic conditions for thousands of farmers,” Setia said on Tuesday at a media presentation in Bandung.Setia’s cooperative is among the beneficiaries of Indonesia’s cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Indonesia Japan Horticulture Public-Private Partnership Project (IJHOP4).Plans for the IJHOP4 started in 2016 and were rolled out in 2017. It involved 1,396 farmers in Bandung regency, West Bandung, Bogor, Sukabumi, Cianjur and Garut between 2017 and 2019.The project aims to improve cultivation techniques, optimize local supply chains, facilitate links with modern markets and improve farmers’ financial access, IJHOP4 project team leader Nishimura Tsutomu said at Al-Ittifaq on Tuesday. A public-private partnership has allowed farmers in Ciwidey in Bandung, West Java, to reap better profits from selling Japanese vegetables.The region’s farmers are now harvesting Japanese kuroda carrots, which are sold in supermarkets for around Rp 38,000 (US$2.69) per 800 grams compared to Rp 4,000 per kilogram for regular carrots, said Setia Irawan, the CEO of farmers’ cooperative-cum-Islamic boarding school Al Ittifaq.He said the demand for the carrot variety in Al Ittifaq could reach 5 tons per week throughout the year. The cooperative has planted the variety for about two years. Read also: Government pushes for diversified agricultural investments away from palm oilAside from kuroda carrots, farmers in the targeted areas have also been cultivating momotaro tomatoes, nasu (Japanese eggplant) and mizuna (Japanese mustard greens), among other varieties.”We try to help core farmers’ groups so that they can have the important achievement of taking their product to the modern market,” he said.Japan-Indonesia joint consumer goods company Calbee-Wings has also participated in the initiative, using locally sourced potatoes to make its potato chips, its executives said on Wednesday.Topics :
Image courtesy of Port of VeniceIn cooperation with the towing company, Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority is looking into the possibility of developing an LNG bunkering barge that would be based at the Venice LNG terminal. The international regulations coming into force in 2020 with the global sulphur content of marine fuels to be capped at 0.5 percent have increased interest in liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Italy passed a legislative in January 2017 aiming to reduce the country’s dependency on oil and the negative effects from the transport sector and that an adequate number of LNG bunkering infrastructure is installed in the Italian ports by 2025.Market players planning on implementing the legislature have been supported by Italy’s ministry of economic development that has already established the legal framework for the infrastructure development.According to the port of Venice, demand for liquefied natural gas by 2030 could reach 873,000 tons per year 19.7 percent of which will be dedicated to marine transport with the majority being used up by road transport (73 percent).The project has received European Union’s backing through the GAINN4MOS project that aims to improve the Motorways of the Sea network in six of the project member states including Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia. The construction of the LNG terminal in the port of Venice is also in line for EU funding through its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) as well as the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Black Satellites captain, Owusu Bempah has admitted they let the nation down with their performance in the Fifa Under 20 World Cup in New Zealand.The Satellites were thrashed by Mali three goals to nothing in Wellington in the early hours of Wednesday.The result saw the team crash out of the tournament in the round of 16 stage. The result is seen as considerable retrogression by this team as the teams of 2009 and 2013 made it to the medal zone of the competition.The defender admits their performance was below par. “We will have to apologize to Ghanaians with our performance because we did not meet the expectations,” Bempah said“We kept in all that we had but sometimes football is that way. When we look at the performance it was not the level that was expected of us.”Owusu Bempah started the first game against Austria but lost his place in the team to Kingsley Fobi in the remaining games of the tournament. –
The crash came only hours after the 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers star was passed by current Lakers star LeBron James for third on the all-time NBA scoring list in a Saturday game at Philadelphia.Bryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that began in 1996 and lasted until his retirement in 2016.He also was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, helping spark the US squad of NBA stars to titles in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London. Share on: WhatsApp Los Angeles, United States | AFP | BA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles, celebrity website TMZ reported, in an accident confirmed by police that saw five people killed.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a hillside in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles.The helicopter was described as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.TMZ was the first US outlet to report that Bryant was among the fatalities. The NBA icon’s death was later confirmed by ESPN and Variety citing unidentified sources.